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Chag Purim – Happy Purim 5773

The festival of Purim began at sundown Saturday night with major celebrations held in Metairie and New Orleans. A joint Purim celebration between Conservative Congregation Shir Chadash and Orthodox Congregation Beth Israel was held at Shir Chadash, the second such occurrence in as many years.

Shir Chadash Rabbi Ethan Linden...
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Tulane experts studying trauma in Israel

By BARRI BRONSTON, Courtesy Tulane University Publications

Israel is nearly 7,000 miles from Tulane University, but Ron Marks, dean of the School of Social Work, could think of no better place to study trauma than a land that lives with traumatic events, or at least the threat of them, 24 hours...
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Gary Negbaur continues tour with weekend gigs

By ALAN SMASON

Like so many talented performers, Gary Negbaur has been drawn to New Orleans on many occasions. A composer, pianist and vocalist who can croon, get funky or lay down a jazz groove, Negbaur returned to the Crescent City on Tuesday to perform the first of four programs...
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JCRS needs your votes to snag $5K grant

The Jewish Regional Children’s Service (JCRS), the oldest Jewish charity in the region, is in the running to receive a minimum of $5,000 from Gulf South Bank as part of their Community Rewards program. JCRS is the only Jewish charity signed up as part of the program, but it is...
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Benedict’s papacy: close ties with Jewish community

By RUTH ELLEN GRUBER

ROME (JTA) — Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges...
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Mardi Gras madness continues for last big weekend

The celebrations from last week’s Super Bowl XLVII had barely been stilled when the bifurcated Carnival season sprang up anew. Although there is a great deal of Catholic theology attached to the celebration of Fat Tuesday, Jews have always enjoyed a special status with the holiday as more than dedicated...
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Local artist needs ‘likes’ to win international contest

Local artist Anna Gil, whose recent shows at Gallery Orange and the Hemmerling Gallery on Royal Street have showcased her spiritual paintings, is in the running to win the first annual Golden Ghetto Award for international Jewish art.

Gil’s inspirational works are the product of prayer, meditation and study and...
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Pugnacious and proud Jew Ed Koch passes at 88

By RON KAMPEAS and URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — One of the proudest moments of Ed Koch’s life came during a trip to Israel in 1990, in the midst of the first Palestinian intifada. Koch had recently left City Hall after 12 years as mayor of New York City...
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Barton marks 10th year as emeritus administrator

By ALAN SMASON

Herbert Barton remembers the day full well when he ventured into Temple Sinai for the first time. He had come to marry his first wife Vera (née Levy) and the wedding was being celebrated in the Reform temple on St. Charles Avenue. “I still maintained my membership...
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Likud leads, but Bibi faces bumpy road

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – His party shrunk, his opponents grew and his challengers multiplied. But with the results in, it seems Benjamin Netanyahu survived the Knesset elections on Jan. 22 to serve another term as prime minister.  Netanyahu faces a bumpy road ahead. His Likud party, together...
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